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The Italian Tenor [Import]

Giuseppe Verdi , Gaetano Donizetti , Giacomo Puccini , Pier Giorgo Morandi , Orchestra del Teatro Regio di Parma , Vittorio Grigolo Audio CD
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Italy announces a formidable return to the opera stage with the young Italian tenor, Vittorio Grigolo. His triumphant debut this June at London’s Royal Opera House Covent Garden, performing in a new production of Manon by Massenet alongside Anna Netrebko, caused a sensation amongst audience and music critics alike: “But the evening really belongs to her (Anna Netrebko’s) Des ... Read more in Amazon's Vittorio Grigolo Store

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  • Performer: Vittorio Grigolo
  • Orchestra: Orchestra del Teatro Regio di Parma
  • Conductor: Pier Giorgo Morandi
  • Composer: Giuseppe Verdi, Gaetano Donizetti, Giacomo Puccini
  • Audio CD (September 28, 2010)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Sony Music
  • ASIN: B003TOS8EY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #454,451 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2010 release from the highly-acclaimed young tenor. Acknowledged by critics and public alike as the finest modern exponent of the Italian tenor tradition, this album is one of the most eagerly-awaited releases of the year. Grigolo says that this first operatic recital disc has been a project of great importance for him. He has purposely waited until he felt the conditions were perfect and he had something unique to communicate in his repertoire. Sony Classical.

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48 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars VIVA VITTORIO October 6, 2010
Format:Audio CD
A tenor for the ages? It's too soon to tell. But this must be one of the most extraordinary operatic debut albums in a very long time (he had recorded previously just a nice but sugary easy listening record with kind of pop tunes). The test for any tenor of course is the opera house, but if Grigolo sounds half as well live as he does here, we have reasons for celebration. He was quite good in the live telecast of Rigoletto from Modena, where he sung the Duke opposite the jester of Plácido Domingo, but he is superb here in his scene from the third act of that opera, managing to sound tender and forceful, with the contrasting impulses of love and lust wisely balanced. He has chosen for this disc mainly very well known arias from the Italian repertoire, but makes them sound fresh and almost new. This is particularly true of the aria from Luisa Miller (sung most of the time with a beguiling mezzavoce in an unusual interpretation that just sounds right), but equally personal and impressive are his renderings of warhorses such as Che gelida manina (radiant with the excitement of first sight love), Una furtiva lagrima (sung beautifully straightforward as a sight of the soul) or the emotional but restrained (no hint of the usual self pity) farewell to life of Cavaradossi. The arias and cabalettas from Il Corsaro and Trovatore are both tender and heroic respectively. The less known arias from Gianni Schicchi and Le Villi in his ringing tone are quite a revelation. A full lyric tenor, in all the tracks the fiato, the shading and the phrasing show a good technique, while the voice is young and beautiful. But it is the unique artistry behind it what sets Grigolo apart. A singer to watch.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's about time ... October 16, 2010
By lavd
Format:Audio CD
To the reviewer who wondered if Grigolo's voice would be large enough for an opera house: it is. Having heard him (with no trouble whatsoever) and seen him, (as a fine actor holding his own against Fleming) in Lucrezia Borgia at the Kennedy Center Opera House (large by any standards), I have been searching for operatic albums, but had to be satisfied with the crossover Europop album Vittorio, which, though having some beautiful moments, was not what I was after. This is. I won't go into a faux musicologist review: if you love artistry and exceptional tonal quality in a younger artist, buy it.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A promising young tenor October 23, 2010
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Is Vittorio Grigolo "the next big thing" among tenors? Is he the heir to recent great tenors such as Pavarotti or Kraus or Domingo? This CD gives the listener a chance to decide. One reviewer notes having heard Grigolo in concert and that he is "the real deal." I have not had that opportunity, so must depend on this CD to reach a judgment.

A couple comments up front. For one thing, his voice does not have the distinctiveness of a Pavarotti or Tucker or Corelli, to stand out from others. For another, his voice is not a big one (not that that is a sine qua non for being an excellent tenor). But his voice is overwhelmed by chorus and orchestra in "Di Quella Pira." Richard Tucker's voice was like iron rising above such sound. As was Corelli's. Nonetheless, Grigolo's voice is warm and smooth and his interpretations of familiar arias seem solid.

In this CD, he sings works from three composers--Donizetti, Verdi, and Puccini. A nice collection of works indeed, from very well known to lesser known. A nice repertoire here. A sampling of his singing. . . .

"Una furtive lagrime" from Donizetti's "L'elisir d'amore." Smoothly sung, with no distracting mannerisms (Tucker used to drive me nuts with his catches and cries). Not a large voice, but quite musical. His voice has an attractive quality to it. He also shows agility, as he sings Donizetti's work.

"Che gelida manina," from Puccini's "La Boheme." One of my favorite pieces in the operatic repertoire. . . . Again, Grigolo's voice is attractive and his singing fits this aria well. When he sings "Chi son" or "vivo," it is a little understated. The high C? Musically hit and well done but not particularly exciting.

"E lucevan le stelle," from Puccini's "Tosca." This aria can be electrifying.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very bright star about to get brighter November 13, 2010
Format:Audio CD
Am not a pundit, just a lover of opera. Vittorio Grigolo is just whetting our appetite for more of his opera singing. He is not new at opera, having sung since he was a young boy and performing all over the world. One has to see him perform and perform he did all over the small opera houses all over Europe and getting rave reviews. He mentioned in one of his interviews that one of his voice teachers told him..."sing big roles in small houses first, then sing small roles in big houses and then sing big roles in big houses". Sang a big role in a big house he sure did in October-November 2010 at the New York Metropolitan Opera. I was lucky to get the last ticket to watch him perform his debut. What a performance it was. He was perfect as Rodolfo with perfect diction. A refreshing change, to have an Italian sing this definitive role. His acting was also terrific. The house roared in admiring approval.

To go back to the record. A terrific compendium of Italian arias, well chosen and easy to listen to even for non-opera lovers. His "Una Furtiva Lagrima" was sung with feeling and great technique but my heart belongs to "Che Gelida Manina" since I not only was lucky to hear him sing live on stage but continue to listen to the CD at home over and over again. Love the whole album. To tell you the truth, this aria was the first time I ever heard about Vittorio, let alone his singing. I am already a big fan of his because of his singing ability.

My money is on Vittorio that he'll be even a brighter star provided he does not overuse his God-given instrument to excess by taking up big roles before he is ready. He is only 33 and the sweet voice is about to mature. Please listen to this record for yourselves and be kind.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars He's a revelation.
Before I saw him or heard him, having heard about his career as a pop singer, I admit I didn't think I would take him too seriously. What a great surprise. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Robert petito
5.0 out of 5 stars The Italian Tenor
Vittorio Grigolo's voice is spectacular. I can't decide which of his albums I love the most; they are all fabulous.
Published 3 months ago by Book Lover
5.0 out of 5 stars Some heavier tunes, same great voice
I thought Grigolo did mostly musical type tunes, lighter, but he handles the opera in this album like a classical tenor. Read more
Published 4 months ago by DonMaker
3.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Voice
There is no doubt that this tenor has a lovely voice and is headed for a big career, however I found very little variation in the way he sings these arias. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Marcia C. Maytner
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than adequate voice and a good selection of material
The ratings distribution so far is a bit on the generous side I think - I would on balance say it's not a 5 but also not less than a 3. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Sonofhector
2.0 out of 5 stars Could be better
I had not heard this tenor before, but loved the program he was singing. His voice does not appeal to me as I prefer a warmer more honeyed voice like Pavarotti, Domingo or... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Thomas E. Lawson
3.0 out of 5 stars the jury is still out . . .
. . . but I will admit that my doubts (after hearing Grigolo's second recital) about his ability to project adequately in a good-sized house have been put to rest. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Stanley Crowe
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Price For Amazing Product Plus Fast Shipping!!
I really did not expect to get great quality for such a low price. Adding to that Shipping was definitely faster than what the website predicted ( next day shipping ). Read more
Published 11 months ago by Deir
5.0 out of 5 stars For the Vittorio Enthusiast
Great music. Wonderul voice. I never get tired of listening to this gifted Italian Tenor. There is nothing that he sings that I do not like.
Published 16 months ago by Martha A T
2.0 out of 5 stars Great as a Gateway into Opera
I acquired this album hoping operaconducter66 and other critics were wrong, but that is not the case. Read more
Published on June 20, 2012 by S. Cepeda
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